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FANUC Certified Education CNC Training:

Machining Center And Turning Center Curriculums

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Curriculum is an important part of FANUC Certified Education CNC Training. CNC Concepts, Inc. is proud to be the curriculum provider. While there are other requirements for becoming a FANUC-Certified school, the information on this web page explains the FANUC-approved curriculum.

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FANUC-Certified Education CNC Curriculum
All educators want to provide the best possible curriculums for their students. When you decide to use our FANUC-approved curriculums, you can rest assured that your students will get comprehensive yet tutorial CNC training. Developed and maintained by industry-expert Mike Lynch, these curriculums cover CNC machine tool usage from the ground up, filling the gap between  basic machining practice classes and advanced manufacturing topics.

Machines We Cover

We cover the two most popular metal-cutting machines: CNC machining centers (mills) and CNC turning centers (lathes). Most CNC-teaching schools are encouraged by local industry to teach the use of these machines.

We place the biggest emphasis on three-axis vertical machining centers and two axis turning centers. For machining centers, we also include materials related to rotary axes, as are required for four and five axis machining centers, including horizontal machining centers. For turning centers, we include information on live tooling and the C-axis, as are required for mill/turn machines.

Pre-Requisites We Recommend

Prior to taking these CNC classes, students should understand several basic machining practice topics, including:

  • Shop safety

  • Shop math

  • Blueprint reading

  • Tolerance interpretation

  • Measuing devices

  • Machining operations (related to the machine of study)

  • Cutting tools (related to machining operations performed)

These topics are commonly presented in programs before students are allowed to take any CNC classes.

Scope of Our Content

This content is comprehensive. We cover all three tasks a person must master in order to become fully proficient, including programming, setup, and operation. Upon successful completion, students will be able to write programs at G-code level (manual programming). They will know how to get a machine ready to run production (setup). And they will know how to operate the machine and complete production runs (operation).

Estimated time to completion

We estimate that students will average approximately 30 hours to complete each class, including time to study the materials, to take the tests, and to do the exercises. Actual time will vary, of course, based upon the student's aptitude.

Possible Post-Requisites We Suggest

After completing these classes, students will be ready for classes on advanced manufacturing topics, like computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems and computer integrated manufacturing systems.

Approach We Use

We use our proven Key Concepts approach, which allows us to stress the reasons why things are done as importantly as how they're done. We constantly build on previously presented information, providing a logical and highly tutorial method for instruction.

There are ten key concepts. Six are programming-related and four are setup- and operation-related. If a student can understand ten basic principles, they are well on their way to becoming proficient CNC users. The same ten Key Concepts are applied to both machine types.

Though we begin with programming, any time we come to a topic that is related to setting up or running a CNC machine, we cover it during programming presentations. These kinds of topics (for the machining center class) include assigning program zero with workpiece coordinate system offsets, using tool length compensation & cutter radius compensation, and issues related to sizing in the first workpiece and making sizing adjustments during a production run.

When the student gets to the setup and operation part of the class (Key Concept 7), they will already possess a good understanding of what it takes to get a machine up and running production.

Key Concepts and Lessons

The ten Key Concepts are further divided into lessons. While the same ten Key Concepts apply to both machine types (and can be applied to any kind of CNC machine tool), the lessons vary from one machine type to the other.

Our On-Line Content

FANUC Certified Education CNC Training can be completed on-line. Here is the starting page for the machining center class.

Machining center startup page 

Here are the lessons for Key Concept number one. 

Key concept one

Here are the activities for lesson 1.1.

Lesson one

Every lesson contains a presentation, reading materials, and a test. Programming related lessons additionally include a coordinate sheet exercise or a programming activity.

Here is the web-based media player for presentations.

Media player

Presentations are narrated and highly animated. They contain an easy-to-use navigation pane, and students can view spoken words in text format, should they desire (helpful for the hearing impaired). Presentations can be viewed from just about any device that has on-line access, including desktop and notebook computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, and Android smart phones.

Reading materials for each lesson are provided in .pdf files, so students can view them on their electronic devices, print them should they wish to, and save them for future use. Here is an example page.

Reading materials page

After studying the presentation and reading materials for a lesson, students take an on-line test. Here is an example.

On-line test

Tests are automatically graded and students will immediately see their results. The results will also be sent to the instructor/facilitator at your school (via email). You can record the grade (in our Excel file grade book or in your own grade managing system) and reply to the student should you wish.

Some programming-related lessons additionally include a coordinate sheet exercise to be completed and submitted. Here is an example.

Coordinate sheet

Coordinate sheet exercises are provided in form-style .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files in which students can type answers. They can then save the file and submit it to the instructor/facilitator via email. We provide answers to help with grading, and even supply a set of template response email texts with which to respond to students to show them the correct answers.

Other programming-related lessons include programming activities. Here is an example.

Programming activity

The first few programming activities require students to fill in the blanks to an existing program. As students progress, programming activities have more and more blanks to fill in. Eventually students will be writing programs on their own.

Once a program is written, the student can use NCGuide to check it. With NCGuide, students can run programs and see tool paths for programmed motions, which helps them verify that a program is correct. And, they will get plenty of practice working with programs on an actual FANUC control.

They then submit programs for grading (possibly just a screen shot ot the plotted program). The instructor/facilitator will grade their work (again, we provide answer programs to help with grading), record the grade, and respond to the student using the template response email text.

Instructor Materials

The instructor/facilitator will also have student access to all curriculum content. They will additionally have the ability to monitor student progress.

We provide a set of instructor materials that include instructions for getting started, lesson plans, answers to coordinate sheet exercises and programming activities, and response email templates to respond to students. We also make it easy to view the NCGuide tutorials. 

How Students Gain Access to an On-Line Class

An access code coupon must be purchased for each class the student attends. This will give the student access to one class (machining center or turning center) for the entire time the class runs (usually a 16-week semester, but we can be flexible if your school doesn't use the semester system). Your school (or school bookstore) can purchase the access code coupons and distribute them to students when class begins.

This coupon (used by the student) provides instructions to complete the registration process.  The student will simply submit an on-line form and we will place them in your class. We will also send them a confirmation email that contains a link to the log-in page and suggestions for getting started.

Need More Information About Our Curriculums?

Contact us by phone (847-639-8847) or email (lynch@cncci.com) if you have any questions about our FANUC Certified Education CNC Curriculum. We can provide you with temporary access to an actual class so you can get a first-hand understanding of how the system works.  Call now!

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